Witch on Fire: Hail Mercury…in Retrograde!

"Czech-2013-Prague-Astronomical clock face" by Godot13 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

The planet Mercury has been in retrograde since September 17 and will return to his direct path October 9th, so not long now (1). You may have noticed that communications have gone a bit sideways over the last few weeks, especially if you’ve been paying attention to the Patheos Pagan channel and the very hot debates on cultural appropriation raging there. This will account for some of it. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Making the Most of Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde

We’re in the midst of another Mercury Retrograde, and while I don’t pretend to be an astrological guru, I have learned a lot through trial and error about making the most of this wonky energy. Attitude is everything: if you expect Mercury Retrograde to knock you flat, it probably will, but if you expect this to be a time of contemplation and creative opportunities, you’ll ride the astrological tide with joy. [Read more...]

Gateway Goddess: Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee – It’s The Gemini New Moon


One of astrology’s happiest configurations is squaring off against one of its most tense. And if that duality doesn’t say Gemini, what does? [Read more...]

Gateway Goddess: Taurus Season – A Celebration of the Sacred Body


It’s May. It’s Taurus season. The season for celebrating the element of Earth in its fullest expression. A season that puts us in touch with that part of our souls that sticks closest to our skin and delights in the physical. In the Reclaiming tradition, it’s called Younger Self. I learned to call it Sticky One. [Read more...]

Gateway Goddess: ‘Helpers’ deeds light candles in darkest times


We all have a choice: light a candle, or curse the darkness. I’ll reach for that candle, every time. [Read more...]

Gateway Goddess: Pisces New Moon and the Ocean Contained

Sandy shore and rocky cliffs contain the restless waters of Monterey Bay.

Monday, March 11 marks the Pisces New Moon. Then, there will be six planets in Pisces: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus. Neptune, Mars. That’s a lot of deep ocean, dreamtime energy. [Read more...]

Astrology Book Review: The Moon’s Nodes

The Moon's Nodes by Agneta Borstein

Borstein’s insights into human relationships and the growing pains of the soul come straight from the Vedic (Hindu) astrological tradition, where gods, goddesses and demons figure as nature forces in the form of planets and points that take an active role in our lives. [Read more...]